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Dr. Bob Curran

Biography:

Dr. Bob Curran was born in a remote area in Northern Ireland. At age 14, he left school, became a gravedigger and eventually worked at a number of jobs including professional musician and journalist. Bob attended university where he took his doctorate and became a teacher, working now in education and cross-community cultural projects. Bob has traveled many parts of the world, exploring other people's cultures and traditions. Bob lives in Ireland, not far from the famous Giant's Causeway.

Past Shows:

Vampires, H.P. Lovecraft & Open Lines

In the first half, Dr. Bob Curran discussed the haunted mind of writer H.P. Lovecraft and his impact on the modern horror scene, as well as other mysteries, including the American vampire. Open Lines followed. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Creepiest Places

In the first half, the author of almost 50 books on folklore and history, Bob Curran, talked about his newest work, The World's Creepiest Places. Open Lines followed. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Man-Made Monsters

Author Dr. Bob Curran discussed various types of man-made monsters, both in history and folklore, as well as current technological advances leading to the creation of an army of "unstoppable" soldiers. First hour guest, author and motivational speaker Susan Smith Jones talked about her new book, The Joy Factor. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Secret Door XI

In the 11th edition of our Secret Door special, five guests made surprise appearances during the evening-- investigative mythologist William Henry, psychic Joseph Jacobs, the 'Psychic Twins,' Terry & Linda Jamison, and author Bob Curran. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Spirits & Werewolves

In the first half of the show, real-life ghostbuster and consultant to the TV show Ghost Whisperer, Mary Ann Winkowski shared some of her adventures with earthbound spirits. Dr. Bob Curran (book link) appeared in the latter of half of the show, discussing the creation of the werewolf tradition, how humans transform themselves into animals, and why the werewolf is viewed as evil. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Leprechauns & Fairies

Author Dr. Bob Curran discussed Irish and Celtic legends, and beings such as fairies and leprechauns. Ireland is known as a particularly mystical place in part because of the ancient Celtics who saw spirits living everywhere within the land, he noted. Excavated bones found in Ireland show a race of smaller people-- possibly pygmy-like aboriginals who lived on the land before the Celts, and this is one possible explanation for how lore about leprechauns began, he said. First hour guest, researcher Glenn Kimball reacted skeptically to a new claim that the Dead Sea Scrolls weren't written by the ancient sect known as the Essenes. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Zombies: Truth & Legends

Author Dr. Bob Curran explored beliefs, folklore, and truths regarding zombies, the frightening manifestation of the dead returning. Ancient cultures, such as the Viking, Egyptian, and Celtic all believed in the idea that the dead could return from time to time, in physical form. During Medieval England, certain days were set aside for visitations from the "blessed dead"-- who were said to return to warn, advise and enjoy physical activity, he added. It wasn't until Victorian England that the idea of ghosts as apparitions rather than solid forms took hold, he explained. The condition of catalepsy, where living people were sometimes mistaken for dead, may have accounted for some cases of zombie-ism, Curran noted. The expansion of the medical profession in the late 1700s created the need for grave-robbers or "Resurrectionists," and they sometimes delivered bodies which actually were still alive-- contributing to the zombie lore, he commented. In the Caribbean, and later in ... More »

Host: George Noory

Mythical Places & Creatures

George spoke with Dr. Bob Curran (drbobcurran@yahoo.com) during the first half of the program. Curran discussed mysterious places and mythical cities detailed in his book, Lost Lands, Forgotten Realms. According to Curran, there is an element of truth to the legendary locations that turn up in literature and film, but they are also a "physical manifestation of our hopes and dreams and what we really want for ourselves."Curran talked about Atlantis and the mythical Himalayan utopia Shangri-La, as well as the 'Green Children.' The original story of the Green Children was first recorded by William of Newburgh in 1136 AD, Curran explained. According to the Medieval tale, two children with green skin and almond-shaped eyes were found at St. Mary's of the Wolf-pits. The boy and girl had unique clothing, spoke in a strange language, and claimed to be from somewhere under the Earth -- a place called St. Martin's land. Curran said two more green children showed up in Spain in 1887. Thes ... More »

Host: George Noory

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